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The view of the city.

The view of the city was great. The tower itself is fun and the price was excellent....free! The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rosey H
Texarkana, Texas
Quick little fun and free stop

Every time you visit Knoxville, can’t help but notice the “gold ball” as I grew up calling it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kim L
Rose Hill, Virginia
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300 foot tower built for the 1982 World's Fair.
810 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811
+1 865-251-6861
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The view of the city was great. The tower itself is fun and the price was excellent....free! The only bad thing was the stairs from the park.

Thank Rosey H
Reviewed 1 week ago

It certainly isn't more than a 30-minute attraction but it's totally worth stopping. It was also featured on my favorite episode of my favorite show, The Simpsons: Bart on the road. It's free and you get a great view of Knoxville. Great place to stop....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every time you visit Knoxville, can’t help but notice the “gold ball” as I grew up calling it. Might even say it had always been on my bucket list to go up in it but never did. So as my family came through Knoxville, we...More

1  Thank Kim L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a great way to see Knoxville from the air. It was free we had no wait going up or coming down and could see some places to go afterwards. The splash pad listed in the park is not meant for small children. There is...More

2  Thank bethanycv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I are attending the 2018 Wind Ding motorcycle rally at the Knoxville Convention Center. Great way to overlook the city with a 360 degree view! Open to the public and free of charge.

Thank Beth S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by the Sunsphere just for kicks and it was actually really cool. First of, it's totally free. You just ride the elevator up to the observation deck and walk around it. It has some historical facts, maps, and points out local landmarks. We...More

Thank Randi V
Reviewed 15 August 2018

When I first moved here, I had no idea you could go to the TOP of the Sunsphere, and then I learned it was FREE? Get out of here. If you're in the area, you've got to do it, just to say you did.

Thank Bridget B
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Visited on Saturday morning. Arrived at 9 AM when it first opened. The parking lot was a little difficult to find, but when we did, there were only two cars in a large lot (free parking, at least on Saturday). Walked about 5 minutes to...More

1  Thank Shane P
Reviewed 1 August 2018

During our brief visit to Knoxville, we explored the World’s Fair Park, and the Sunsphere Tower, across from our hotel. I remembered the Sunsphere from the Knoxville World’s Fair, back in 1982. Like a somewhat similar structure in Seattle, and then several from other World’s...More

2  Thank The_Loup_Garou
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Ok, lots of places have splash pads these days for kids. This is not in the same league as any splash pad I've ever seen! This is like being able to cruise around in the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas! Really powerful towers of water...More

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14 March 2018|
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Response from wbk215 | Reviewed this property |
I just checked the Visitor's Center website. They say that Primo Ristorante Italiano 810 Clinch Avenue Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 249-7321 is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm. I called the number... More
26 October 2015|
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Response from A T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, to get inside it is free and the observation deck is also free. I believe there was a restaurant on one of the levels, which obviously would cost you, and you might have to pay for parking nearby to check this out, but... More
19 July 2015|
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Response from Gene H | Reviewed this property |
April through October: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. November through March: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. the Sunsphere Observation Deck, 4th Level is open to the public. It offers a 360-degree view of the original 1982 World's Fair... More